Ann Romney: Barbara Bush "maxed out" her Romney campaign contribution

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and and wife Ann arrive for a Romney for President Iowa Caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 3, 2012.
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ATLANTA (CBS) -- Ann Romney, speaking to supporters at Romney's Georgia primary campaign headquarters in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta on Thursday, said that Barbara Bush, the wife of President George H. W. Bush (aka. "41") and mother of President George W. Bush ("43"), brought her a "maxed out check" -- meaning the legal maximum of $2,500 per donor per candidate -- to a Romney campaign fundraiser in Houston that Mrs. Romney hosted a few days ago.

"She said this is the most important election of my lifetime," Mrs. Romney said, quoting the former first lady.

"For her to say that means a lot, and she's getting upset too, and you don't want Barbara to be mad."

The recent donation would not show up publicly until the campaign's next monthly report to the Federal Election Commission. A Romney campaign source confirmed the donation.

The elder Bushes, who live in Houston, have already endorsed Romney.

"We are headed in the wrong direction. We cannot have another four years of Barack Obama," Mrs. Romney continued. "Mitt is the guy that is going to help bring jobs and the economy back, and he is also the guy that's going to balance budgets and stop the reckless spending,"

Mrs. Romney briefly joined volunteers making phone calls to registered voters in Georgia. Both people she called told her they were voting for her husband.

The candidate plans to return to Georgia on Sunday, two days before the primary, for only his second visit to the state this year following a Feb. 8 rally in Atlanta.